Volcano in southern Japan erupts with massive smoke column
A volcano in southern Japan erupted Wednesday with a massive column of gray smoke billowing into the sky.
The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning level for Mount Aso to three on a scale of five, warning hikers and residents to avoid the mountain.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said there has been no report of damages or injuries.
NHK national television aired footage of a massive smoke column above the volcano.
The smoke rose as high as 3.5 kilometers above the crater, with pyroclastic flow pouring out 1.3 kilometers down the western slope of the mountain, the agency said.